Common Toad (Bufo bufo)
We have several beautiful common toads, Bufo bufo. Conker is our big adult female, and we have a few yearlings named Acorn, Sycamore, Chestnut, Hazelnut and Catkin. Common toads are known for their incredible ability to direct themselves back to the same breeding water every year from sometimes great distances. This annual migration to their breeding grounds takes place en masse in early Spring. Toad crossings and toad patrols have been put in place to decrease road casualties during their migration.
Although being widespread throughout Britain, unfortunately they are currently in decline and are listed as a UK BAP species, meaning their decline is of enough concern that they are now a priority of conservation efforts.
Our big toad Conker was hatched in 2019. The rest hatched in 2021 and were reared by us, originating from toadspawn rescued from a fish pond which was then hatched and reared in a captive environment.
They live in a mixed species outdoor enclosure, meaning they have access to natural British weather which is perfect for them to thrive. They have a varied diet of invertebrates. Our toads are carefully handled and often hand fed to ensure they are comfortable with human interaction.